The New York Nineteenth Century society cordially invites you to our July 2015 General Meeting. The first part of the evening will be devoted to Society business. Afterwards we look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions. Enjoy mingling with your fellow 19th-century enthusiasts as we plan our 2015 events.
Go through the gate to the left of Theatre 80 and the stairs to our meeting.
In July we present our smoking cap edition of the Parlorcraft Circle. Beautifully embellished smoking caps, jackets, and slippers were popular lounge wear for fashionable Victorian gentlemen of the mid-nineteenth century. They replaced the looser banyan dressing gowns and mitred sleeping caps of the eighteenth-century gentleman. Smoking caps were especially widespread after the Crimean War, when Turkish tobacco became popular in Britain. Gentleman retiring to brandy and tobacco after dinner wanted to protect their hair and clothing, so they could rejoin the ladies afterwards without smelling of smoke.
Most nineteenth-century patterns assume the reader can easily sew a small cap, and provide instructions only for embellishment, but we’ll show you how to measure, cut, and sew the cap, attach a button and tassel, and give you inspiration for decoration. Basic materials and tools will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own special fabric, button, trim, etc.
Tea and light refreshments will be served but you may bring your own treats to share if you wish. Please leave your laptops and modern sewing/craft projects at home for this event – we’re all about historic hand work!
Moderated by Rachel Klingberg and Morgana Toglia, we heartily invite you to craft and design to your heart’s content!
SAVE THE DATE for the August 22, 2015 Parlorcraft Circle!
Events of Interest (EOI) are not produced by the Society.
Do you want to be part of history? Do you have pictures of the Queens neighborhood or family gems that you want to share and leave for posterity? Join the Greater Astoria Historical Society Summer Scan party!
Come in with your treasures and we will scan them. You can take back your originals and we will preserve your piece of history in our archives.
These programs are supported by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support provided by the membership of the Greater Astoria Historical Society.
Visit astorialic.org/events.php?id=1095 for more information.